On Friday, Coppin State University unveiled plans to offer city public high school graduates, who earn an associate degree from Baltimore City Community College free tuition.
Earlier this month, Mayor Catherine Pugh pledged to make tuition free at Baltimore City Community College for all city high school graduates in 2018. Free tuition at Coppin would permit students with an associate degree to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
Morgan State University and Johns Hopkins University already offer free tuition to city school students. Both institutions have very strict admission policies, making it difficult for students to gain admission.
Coppin is still working on the details of the free tuition program, which will be funded by both state funding and private donations. According to state statistics, more students transfer from BCCC to Coppin than any other public institution in Maryland.
Students with a two-year associate’s degree from BCCC will receive free tuition to Coppin. Room and board is not covered under the new program.
Since many city high school graduates receive federal financial aid, the city’s free tuition program would only cost taxpayers an estimated $1.4 million extra each year, according to Pugh’s estimates.